The Reader’s Digest Earth Day Quiz
Just how well do you know our planet? To mark Earth Day on April 22, put your knowledge of our natural environment to the test.
Earth Day Quiz
1. Approximately how many people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the world’s largest secular observance?
A: 500 million
B: One billion
C: Three billion
B – One billion
2. Immersing yourself mindfully in nature is known in Japan as “Shinrin-Yoku.” What does this literally mean?
A: “Forest bathing”
B: “Going green”
C: “Returning to your roots”
A – “Forest bathing”
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3. It’s hard to recycle plastic that’s dirty, low-value or mis-sorted. So, even though many of us put our plastic waste in the blue bin, what percentage of it actually gets recycled?
A: Around 50%
B: Around 22%
C: Around 9%
C – Around 9%. Reducing single-use plastics would be more effective.
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4. Globally, 2020 was the hottest year so far on record.
True or false?
5. The adorable sea slug known as the leaf sheep is unusual for an animal because it can get energy how?
A: By desalinating sea water.
B: From photosynthesis.
C: By dissolving plastic.
B – From photosynthesis.
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6. In 2015, which country became the first to outlaw planned obsolescence?
B: The Netherlands
C – France
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7. What animal’s population plunged from roughly 60 million in 1800 to less than 1,000 in 1889?
A: The plains bison
B: The western lowland gorilla
C: The Asian elephant
A – The plains bison.
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8. What weather event happens when moonlight is refracted through water droplets in the air?
A: A worm moon
B: A moonbow
C: Spectral fog
B – A moonbow, also known as a lunar rainbow.
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9. Most old-growth forests on Canada’s West Coast are protected from logging.
True or false?
False. Read up on the long battle to save B.C.’s old-growth forests.
10. In what year did the first Earth Day take place?
B – 1970
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11. Around what proportion of the world’s fisheries are currently pushed beyond their biological limits?
A: One third
B: One fifth
A – One third.
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12. Who wrote, “We forget that we don’t need everything… material things satisfy human beings only so much”?
A: David Attenborough
B: Greta Thunberg and Francisco Vera
C: David Suzuki and Holly Dressel
C – David Suzuki and Holly Dressel.
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13. So far, how many mass extinction events have there been in earth’s history?
C – Five
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14. In which country could you visit the Whanganui River, which has been granted legal personhood and rights?
A: South Africa
B: New Zealand
B – New Zealand
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15. Who described earth as “a brilliant jewel in the black velvet sky”?
A: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
B: Environmentalist Jane Goodall
C: Musician Sting
A – Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
If you enjoyed this Earth Day quiz, see how well you fare on our Canadian trivia challenge.